Director of the Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program

Gurusher Panjrath, MD, FACC, FAHA, is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. He is also an Associate Professor with The George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences and serves as the Director of the Heart Failure Program and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program.

Education and Training

Dr. Panjrath attended medical school at Kasturba Medical College in India. He completed his internship and residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York where he served as chief resident. He completed fellowship training in Cardiovascular Medicine and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to his fellowship training, he has undergone research training at Johns Hopkins University and Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Research and Professional

Dr. Panjrath is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA). He has published in highly cited journals including Science Translational Medicine and JACC among others and contributed to numerous abstracts and book chapters. He has been a recipient of multiple research and educational awards and grant funding from societies including ACC, ASNC and various foundations. He serves on editorial boards and is a reviewer for multiple cardiology journals and reviews scientific sessions abstracts for ACC, AHA and Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA). He serves on the planning committees for the annual scientific sessions for both ACC and HFSA. He has held numerous leadership roles including chairing working groups at the national society level and is currently the Chair of Heart Failure and Transplant Section at ACC. He was also previously the Chair of the Analyze Working Group for the Academic Cardiology Section at ACC.

Apart from clinical work and research, Dr. Panjrath is a keen educator and leads the preclinical cardiovascular curriculum for medical students. He is a co-recipient of an educational grant to enhance medical student teaching. He also co-chairs a highly successful regional cardiovascular symposium to impart the latest in cardiovascular medicine and has lectured both nationally as well as internationally. He has also served as a co-editor of ACC HF SAP self-assessment product.

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Panjrath has a particular interest in patients with various forms of heart failure and cardiomyopathies including chemotherapy induced, infiltrative and familial cardiomyopathies. He leads the infiltrative cardiomyopathy program, which utilizes a broad spectrum of imaging and invasive diagnostic options and a multidisciplinary team approach to manage this condition. He also evaluates and manages patients requiring advanced heart failure therapies such as inotropes, left ventricular assist devices and heart transplantation. He performs hemodynamic catheterizations and endomyocardial biopsies, and will be implanting ambulatory pulmonary pressure monitoring devices.

Dr. Panjrath believes in fostering long-lasting partnerships with patients and their families to empower them to have a better understanding of their health and better control over it. He believes that excellent relationships with community providers are crucial to optimal access to advanced therapies and care. He has also successfully partnered with community organizations such as Food and Friends on innovative programs to provide food security to patients with chronic diseases to improve their well-being. 

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